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  • Forum Thread: Early Morning Photoshoot with One Claw McGraw

    With his recently extended territory to manage, OCMcG has been more noticeable of late. This morning he was in the bushes at the rear of the College when I walked past. He immediately flew out and landed on the low wall. He waited patiently while I sat down, took out the mealies (and my camera) and then...
  • Forum Thread: Two Robins Singing

    This morning I was fortunate to hear two of my Robins singing. Firstly there was HTR. I have not heard HTR singing before, at least not proper song. I've heard twittering and warbling but this was a real attempt at singing. He's only about two months old and the song was rather faltering. He...
  • Forum Reply: RE: My Latest Visitor Updated August 7th

    I still have two Robins in the garden, but I have yet to see or hear any interaction between them. The juvenile (HTR) is usually most active first thing in the morning and as a result I don't get decent light for photos (at 6am). The adult frequently eats sunflower hearts from the coconuts. I have...
  • Forum Thread: Some Odd Behaviour From GHR (Video)

    GHR took a couple of mealies from my hand and then ditted a couple of times before starting to make what I have previously understood to be a predator warning call. It's not ditting in the normal sense. It's a similar sound, but not actually ditting. I have heard Railway Robin making this sound...
  • Forum Thread: The Happy Sound Of Robin Song

    Back in July, the moulting adult Robins were tucked away in the bushes and the juveniles were beginning to warble quietly. Today I noticed 'my' Robins had started their call and reply routine once again. It started at 6am with the Railway Robins at Tooting Station. Platform 1 Robin started things...
  • Forum Thread: My Latest Visitor Updated August 30th

  • Blog Post: Butterfly Days of Summer - 1st week in July.

    1st July. Hot weather, although thundery, made a good start for the month in that it brought out the butterflies in the sunshine: Red Admirals, Large Whites, Small Tortoiseshells, Large Skippers and Peacocks could all be seen. LOGBOOK SIGHTINGS. S.P x 2 - Pair of Sedge Warblers, Stonechat, Buzzard...
  • Forum Thread: Guildhall Robin & His Starling Friend (Video)

    GHR and I were joined by an inquisitive Starling this morning. It came reasonably close and maybe, given time, it might come even closer. GHR seemed less than impressed and even 'squared up' to the newcomer. I just about captured this moment as GHR first flew across from the fence to the arm...
  • Forum Thread: More Fun & Games With Guildhall Robin (Video)

    Best GHR video ever! I was filming a juvenile Blackbird and then GHR appeared. I'm not sure what goes through the mind of a Robin, but he spends a lot of time looking up at me and at the camera and occasionally looking off into space. At one point he went behind me and stood between me and the back...
  • Forum Thread: A Blast From The Past

    Last weekend I found a box of mini DV cassettes. Most of them are of my various trips to Japan in 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2005. There are also about a dozen which are of BR. These would have been filmed in 2012 and possibly early 2013, when Mrs BR first paired up with him. I have only looked through two...
  • Forum Thread: Look What I Found!

    For those of you who remember him, here's a previously unseen clip of BR. I found a dozen or so short clips on a storage drive. They would all have been filmed using my Blackberry, so I had to get close to him. This clip is of him foraging in the garden. He would have been five months old at the...
  • Forum Thread: A Tale Of Two Robins: Updated July 31st

    This afternoon I spotted One Claw McGraw in his regular spot in the front car park. He also spotted me and hopped across to the front edge of the wall. I apologised for not having any mealies with me and asked him to wait, telling him I would be back with some. I returned a minute or two later and found...
  • Blog Post: A couple of days in late June.

    24th June. After a dull start the day gradually brightened up with a light SW wind. LOGGBOOK sightings. 4 Visitors - Heard a Grasshopper Warbler, Pheasant, Sedge Warbler, Willow Warbler, Bullfinch, Coal Tit, Buzzard, Skylark, Swallows, Cabbage Whites, Oystercatcher, Two Great Spotted Woodpecker...
  • Forum Thread: One Claw McGraw Joins The Three Quarter Tail Club

    Another of my Robins is moulting. In this case it is the oldest of the group, One Claw McGraw. He has a three quarter length tail and is residing in some reasonably dense shrubs near the front car park. I lured him out with some live mealies (what else?) and filmed him as he tucked in. I don't think...
  • Blog Post: Mid-June Summary.

    10th June. A hot sunny day brought forth a range of creatures for us to view. Catching up on sleep perhaps? Mallard and Shelduck enjoying the channel off Scargavel Point, on a hot sunny day. Young Great Spotted Woodpecker. House Sparrow on gorse. Large Red Damselfly. Sheep...
  • Forum Reply: RE: Railway Robin Has Started His Moult

    One week on and the tail feathers are coming in nicely. Those wing feathers are somewhat lacking and need replacing too. The mealies are a trade off for the photos!
  • Forum Thread: Railway Robin Has Started His Moult Updated July 16th

    Railway Robin has been conspicuous by his absence over the last week. Before today, I had only seen him vey briefly in that time. When he nipped down for his mealies today, I noticed his tail was missing. Railway Robin is two years old, so he has been through this before. Hopefully I will get more photos...
  • Blog Post: Early June review.

    1st June. A cold strong SW wind was blowing for most of the day with intermittent sunshine and showers.. Swallows were hunting in the lea of trees in the hamlet, until the rain cleared later. A pair of Pied Wagtails were also hunting - coming back and forth with beaksfull of insects. Swallows...
  • Forum Thread: That's What I Call Value For Money!

    I'll have two please...
  • Forum Reply: RE: Homebase Robins - The Second Brood 14-06-15

    I returned to Homebase this afternoon to see how the latest brood was progressing. There are four nestlings. Both adults were near the nest and they reacted to the offer of mealies in very contrasting ways. The female flew at me and pecked my hand before taking the mealies from the flower pot where I...
  • Forum Thread: Bathtime Robin June 20th 2015

  • Forum Thread: RSPB Spotlight: Robins by Marianne Taylor

    http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/rspb-spotlight-robins-9781472912114/ I purchased a copy this morning from Foyles in London. I started reading it on the Underground journey home and continued to read it as I was sitting in the garden during the afternoon. I didn't put the book down until I had read...
  • Forum Thread: I've Waited Almost Two Years For This Photo Op...

    Since the appearance of Little BR III back in August 2013 to be exact. This is the first juvenile Robin to visit the garden since then. I'm not counting GR, because he had gone through his body moult when I first saw him last year and already had adult coloured plumage. This young Robin put in an...
  • Blog Post: Sightings towards the end of May.

    17th May Strong north-westerly wind blowing. High tide about midday running at 9.5 m LOGBOOK ENTRIES Whimbrel, Blacktailed Godwit, Lapwing, Heron, Willow Warbler, Shoveler, Teal, Wigeon, Canada Goose. 18th May Much warmer today although the NW wind was brisk with sunshine and some hail...
  • Forum Thread: Looks Like Someone Has Been Fighting... Updated 4th August

    When GHR came down for his mealies this morning, it was clear that he had been scrapping. I politely asked him to wait while I took some photos and he duly obliged by turning his head from one side to the other, thus allowing me to get some nice shots of his newly plucked bonce! His encounter clearly...